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CHINEDU WOSU, Yenagoa
06/10/2015
Protests and Confusion hits the All Progressive Congress APC, Bayelsa state as  over two hundred aggrieved youths loyal to the Party Chairman, Tiewi Oruminighe  protest  over the choice of Chief Timipre  Sylva running mate in the Dec 5th governorship election

Following the protests  the party secretariat is currently under lock and key as loyalists to the party chairman, Tiwei  Oruminighe tears Sylva  campaign posters amidst leaders of ex militants

Tiwei is the party chairman of APC, Bayelsa state chapter and was promised by Timipre Sylva as his running mate, but Sylva later picked one Wilberforce Igiri as his running mate.

The sudden u turn in the choice of  running mate by Chief Timipre Sylva, angered the  youths  on Tuesday morning as it  sparked off violence along Kpansaia and some streets of Yenagoa

Sylva had picked Wilberforce Igiri as his running mate in the Dec 5th governorship election against his former aide and chairman of the party, Tiwei Oruminighe

Igiri, a former principal,  a native of  Foropa community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area while Orunimighe hails from Koluama community also in the same local government area.

The new Sylva running mate was described as a cool headed politician with the capacity to get the job done and boasts a humble disposition as he would not become power drunk having been an administrator.

Sylva had in his acceptance speech after the party primary last Wednesday said it would no longer be monkey work, baboon chop and emphasised that it would be monkey work, monkey chop.

The protesters who carried placards accused Sylva of reneging on his promise to Tiwei who they claimed made it possible for the former governor to clinch the party ticket for the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

Some of the placards read, ‘Monkey work, monkey go chop’,  ‘Tiwe Oruminighe is the choice of the grassroots, not anybody else’, ‘Why monkey work, bamboo wan chop’, ‘No Tiwe no Sylva’ and ‘Sylva is an ingrate to pick somebody else’, among others.

They vowed to truncate Sylva’s ambition should he fail to run with Tiwei sink and vowed to sink the party while preventing movement in and out of the secretariat.

One Exodus Ebi, chairman of Yenagoa Ward 11 said they were sending message to the national leadership that Orunimighe remained their choice as Sylva’s running mate.

Jephtha Ikure and Okoro Magbisa also condemned the sidelining of Orunimighe describing it as a case of injustice.

The Timipre Sylva Campaign Organisation declined comment on the issue.

But in a reaction by the leadership of  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, condemned Sylva’s action, noting that  ‘deceit, lies and subterfuge’ were political tricks of the APC candidate over the years.

In a statement by its state secretary, Keku Godspower, PDP accused Sylva to have deceived PDP members into joining APC with promises of the governorship ticket and collected huge sums of money from them without fulfilling his promise.

 

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